Story Book

By The Editors
September 11, 2013 9:00 am

When poker champion Phil Hellmuth — AKA the sport’s enfant terrible, reader of souls, thief of confidence — went up against Annie Duke in a seedy Vegas card lounge, she took his money.

And then she took home $2 million.

That story and more are in The Moth, the first ever story collection from the eponymous storytellers’ event, out now.  

A bit of background: The Moth is a wildly popular spoken word night nurtured in NYC and touring nationwide.

Its raconteurs — a mix of bestselling authors like Salman Rushdie and everyday Joes — are dedicated to “the art and craft of storytelling.”

The Moth

It’s like TED, without the cloying, saccharine ideals of futurism.

Nobody has anything to sell.

The rules: the stories have to be true, and you can’t use notes. It’s all from memory, codger.

Highlights from this 50-story-strong collection:

Plus, true tales from an astronaut, a cop and a prisoner making homemade cocktails in Attica.

Good stories all, and well told.

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